Gayle Bowen is the Managing Partner of K&L Gates' Dublin office and a member of the Asset Management and Investment Funds practice. Gayle has extensive experience advising asset managers on licensing options post-Brexit, the establishment of Irish regulated Undertakings for the Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) and Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD)-compliant alternative products, and in relation to the global distribution and marketing of Irish funds. With particular proficiency in relation to cross-border mergers, she advised on the first re-domiciliation of a Jersey fund into Ireland, on the cross-border merger of two money market fund platforms, one of the first mergers effected under the UCITS IV procedures and recently advised a large Swiss manager on the cross-border merger of 22 UCITS funds between Luxembourg and Ireland. Gayle also provides AIFMD advice to offshore managers looking to sell into Europe and has advised a number of managers on the establishment of Irish funds to implement their impact investment strategies and has advised on SFDR compliance within these strategies.
Gayle maintains a high profile in the Irish Funds industry, currently serving as chair of the Irish Funds ILP implementation working group, where she engages directly with the Central Bank to represent the views of the industry. Previously, she was a member of the Irish Funds Brexit Steering Group, and is the outgoing chair of the Irish Funds Legal & Regulatory Committee, which liaises with the Central Bank, the Irish government, and European bodies to represent the interests of the Irish funds industry.